Friday, December 31, 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wonky house on the block...

Playing around with Gwen Marston's ( "liberated quilting" technique tonight. Getting ready to start another coop project using a variety of madras plaids I got from my friend June. Here's my first attempt at piecing a wonky house. The finished size of the blocks are to be in multiples of 3 inches. This one measure 6.5 x 12.5 allowing for a 1/4" seam.
The sky around the roof line could use a few less pieces, but that is the name of the game.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Show and tell...

As an extra Christmas gift, I made this little bag to hold my friend's jewelry when she travels. Had been saving a wonderful piece fabric printed with birds and butterflies.... it was the perfect choice to use for the lining since the bag was for my coop butterfly|moth quilt friend. Paper pieced the outside with scraps from the quilt store's scrap bin. Am beginning to fall in love with black, red and cream printed fabric combinations... made a second bag with the same scraps to keep.
Was LUCKY enough to win one of Kate Spain's generous stocking stuffers. Thank you again, Kate Spain!!
Don't you just love her fabric lines? I used scans of her "12 Days of Christmas" line in creating my blog advent calendar. Check out her new "Central Park" line:  Also included in the gift was a charm pack of this new collection.

Hope all had a wonderful Christmas ..... and will have a Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Day 25...

and a very Happy New Year!
Thank you for visiting my blog.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Day 24...

The message of Christmas is that the visible material world is bound 
to the invisible spiritual world.  ~ Author Unknown

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Day 23...

Keep your Christmas-heart open 
all the year round.  ~ Jessica Archmint

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Day 22...

Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being 
wreathed in smiles.  ~ Author Unknown

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Day 21...

No matter how carefully you stored the lights last year, they 
will be snarled again this Christmas.  ~ Robert Kirby

Monday, December 20, 2010

Day 20...

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have 
entertained angels unawares.  Hebrews 13:2, AKJV

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Day 19...

Even as an adult I find it difficult to sleep on Christmas Eve. 
Yuletide excitement is a potent caffeine, 
no matter your age.  ~ Carrie Latet

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Day 18...

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to 
keep it all the year.  ~ Charles Dickens

Friday, December 17, 2010

Day 17...

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents 
as opening our hearts.  ~ Janice Maeditere

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Day 16...

May the beauty found in nature this season, sustain you 
throughout the coming year.  ~ D

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Day 15...

Sing hey!  Sing hey!
For Christmas Day;
Twine mistletoe and holly.
For a friendship glows
In winter snows,
And so let's all be jolly!

~ Author Unknown

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Day 14...

Nothing's as mean as giving a little child 
something useful for Christmas.  ~ Kin Hubbard

Monday, December 13, 2010

Day 13...

Mankind is a great, an immense family. This is proved by what 
we feel in our hearts at Christmas.  ~ Pope John XXIII

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Day 12...

May your days be merry and bright,
and may all your Christmases be white...  
~ Irving Berlin

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Day 11...

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Friday, December 10, 2010

Day 10...

I love the Christmas-tide, and yet,
I notice this, each year I live;
I always like the gifts I get,
But how I love the gifts I give!

~ Carolyn Wells

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Day 9...

Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas 
shopping when they ran out of money.  ~ Author Unknown

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Day 8...

The perfect Christmas tree?  All Christmas trees are perfect!  ~ Charles N. Barnard

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Day 7...

Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home.  ~ Carol Nelson

Monday, December 6, 2010

Day 6...

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a
conspiracy of love.  ~ Hamilton Wright Mabi

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Day 5...

Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop 
opening presents and listen.  ~ Author unknown

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Day 4...

Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind 
us that we're here for something else besides ourselves.  ~Eric Sevareid

Friday, December 3, 2010

Day 3...

There has been only one Christmas - the rest are anniversaries.  ~W.J. Cameron

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Day 2...

Christmas, my child, is love in action... Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas. ~ Dale Evans Rogers

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

24 days and counting...

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.  ~W.T. Ellis

Monday, November 29, 2010

It's gingerbread time...

I love gingerbread, either cookies or cake and this is the season for both. Also enjoy homemade pot holders. I scanned one I made this afternoon from a pattern purchased at a local quilt store.

I need to dig through my stash to see if I have more brown fabrics that might work for this pattern .... they will make nice little gifts.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A few weekend projects...

Framed a new home for my earrings. Saw something similar to this on-line or was it in a magazine a while back, anyhow, decided I needed to make one. Didn't want the frame to hang on the wall as the inspiration earring holder did, so I used an antique frame with a base (this frame once swiveled on the side posts) I could sit on the dresser. Drilled small holes on the sides and strung wire after painting the frame. It's so fun getting organized!

Did a little baking too:
Found this recipe several years ago and never got around to trying it (am I the only one who clips recipes to use weeks if not years later). Anyhow, can't remember where I found this... but the recipe is easy and delicious.... the cayenne pepper gives them a bit of a kick and you want just one more...

Back in September, I started to recover this foot stool... well, I finally finished it today.

The inspiration for the embroidered bird came from Little Birds: 26 Handmade Projects to Sew, Stitch, Quilt & Love, from C&T Publishing,

Better go see what other projects are waiting... thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Cowboy embroidery

Michael's Crafts store just e-mailed me a coupon for 70% off a custom framing order. Yippee! Guess it's time to get some of my embroidery work framed. I embroidered this cowboy and his bucking horse last winter. It was a lucky eBay find.... I added the outline of Oklahoma along with OKC and Tulsa.

Love it when the original instructions come with the vintage embroidery kits .... would love to find the companion pieces in this series.
Here's "happy trails to you" and thanks for visiting today.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Australian fabric

Discovered another wonderful quilt shop yesterday in a near by town. There were several bolts of fabric I would have been happy to bring home..... but restrained myself as best I could. Here are some goodies I couldn't live without:
These fat quarters are from a line of Aboriginal inspired fabric from M&S Textiles from Australia, There were several more lush patterns and I know I'll be heading back to buy more once I figure out what I want to do with these.

Two "birdie" prints to add to my collection. I am a sucker for fabric printed with birds or text.

Since this past Monday, I have made 88+ of these bow tie blocks out of reproduction 30's fabric along with a few vintage fabrics from my stash. Have 6 rows sewn together out of a total of 8 ... will try to finish up the rest this weekend.
Thanks for visiting. 

"Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the 
thinks you can think up if only you try!"  ~Dr. Seuss

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fall fabric

The fabric artist who designed this lovely batik fabric certainly must looked to nature for inspiration for the colors. I looked out the kitchen window this morning to discover that overnight, the foliage on this crepe myrtle on our yard had magically turned to stunning shades of red, yellow, and orange. I swear, the leaves on this bush were green yesterday.
Hope you enjoy the colors around you and take inspiration from them. 

Friday, November 5, 2010

Metamorphosis of my wall hanging...

All 12 of my moth and butterfly blocks are finally pieced together with sashing and border fabric. Next is to decide on a bit of quilting and where. Any suggestions? It's going to be tricky with all those beads and baubles attached to each block – should be fun, however. Also think the piece needs a few embroidered caterpillars somewhere.
Thanks for taking the time to look at our coop project. I plan to show you Vicki's wall hanging as soon as I get photos. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New "BFF"

Am quickly finding out that I need a 1/4" presser foot with guide for my sewing machine. It seems (no pun intended) that I can't sew a straight, scant  1/4" seam. I'm having to do a lot of ripping out lately.
Ordered a presser foot yesterday! Always learning!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

It's coming together...

Remember the butterfly and moth appliqué project my friend Vicki and I have been working on for the past few months? (See earlier posts for my blocks.) Well, we finally exchanged our blocks this last weekend. I am thrilled with the blocks Vicki chose to give me from those she created. We each pieced and appliquéd 12 blocks and gave the other six. 

Here are my six blocks out along with the ones Vicki made. I think they look awesome together considering this is our first co-op project and we selected fabrics from the cache without sharing what colors and fabrics we were using. The constant in each block is the yellow-green square in the middle.

Next comes the sashing and borders.......

Monday, November 1, 2010

Blessed with treasures and a new project

In addition to all the wonderful fabric I came home with recently, I am the lucky recipient of the following treasures from my friend June. Here are 2 wall hangings pieced from beautiful old fabric. The top one is already quilted and the bottom one I have tacked and am in the process of sewing a binding around it. These will make lovely table toppers ... they are so Fallish!
This is a stunning top that June never completed. Her choice of colors are exquisite and I count myself fortunate to have it. Each block is an intricately pieced star that is different from the next. This photo shows 9 of the 12 blocks.
Here are the remaining 3 blocks and the zig zag border. I will probably take the border off since I don't have the fabric to complete it. The thought of wasting such beautiful work seems almost sacrilegious, but my butterfly and moth friend, Vicki suggested using it on the back. Why didn't I think of that?
Close ups of some of the star blocks:

As if I needed another new project, I have signed up for a block of the month quilt at a local quilt store. The Queen and Her Court by Wing and a Prayer:
The fabric is Moda's Park Avenue collection and the fabrics we are using are from the right side of this palette:
This has to be the most ambitious top I have ever tried to piece. Finding I need to check off on the pattern what I have done and number the stacks of parts and pieces. What have I gotten myself into?
My progress today: